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Specialist production instructor

Teach a trade. Build a future.


Would you like to support people to learn new skills that will help them improve their future prospects? As a specialist production instructor you will:

  • run an on-site prison workshop
  • lead a team of prisoners to develop their skills and confidence through our workshops, helping them to possibly assess accredited vocational qualifications
  • set tasks to match ability, while ensuring safety and production is always maintained

We will rely on you and your team to ensure products are manufactured to the highest standards. The work you do with prisoners have a lasting impact and offer some of the most unique challenges. You may innovate products for use in a custodial setting or launch a new range for another government departments. There’s certainly potential for you to develop your career.

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Things you need to know

As a specialist production instructor (Band 4) you will supervise prisoners and their work while maintaining safety and security. As part of our team you will:

  • create a safe, decent and inclusive environment that supports prisoner rehabilitation
  • supervise and train prisoners in all aspects of the workshop
  • motivate your work party and support them to become the best versions of themselves
  • keep training records up to date and deliver vocational qualifications
  • set work schedules and manage targets/quality standards, maintaining delivery of contractual arrangements
  • ensure items prisoners produce meet specifications and are to the highest quality (ISO9001 Standards)
  • follow all necessary security criteria of the prison or youth justice setting where you are based
  • complete administration activities to support the smooth running of the workshop
  • contribute to health and safety risk assessments relating to you workshop and ensure the health and safety of those you are supervising

You will be working for HM Prison and Probation Services (HMPPS), which is part of the Ministry of Justice.

Adrian Noel who runs the waste management and recycling department at HMP Featherstone

Region Prisons Band 4 Salary Minimum Band 4 Salary Maximum
Inner London Brixton, Pentonville, Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs £28,351 £31,529
Outer London Belmarsh, Downview, Feltham, High Down, Isis £27,072 £30,107
National All Other Prisons £24,619 £27,381


A small number of posts may require shift pattern working. In these cases, an additional 17% payment will be made. Please refer to the job adverts for further details.


As part of the Civil Service Pension Scheme, you will receive a percentage of your salary based on your contributions and membership period for the pension scheme.

Annual leave:

You will receive 25 days paid annual leave, rising to 30 days after 10 years of service.


You will be entitled to civil service benefits including:

  • access to our cycle to work scheme
  • travel loans.

To work as a waste management specialist production instructor you need to:

  • be at least 18 years old at the time of employment
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • speak fluent English or Welsh if specified
  • have relevant work experience in a waste management environment
  • ideally have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment
  • ideally have some experience supervising others and in some instances may be required to be a qualified assessor
  • currently hold or be prepared to work towards Level 2 WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board) qualification within two years of employment.


As well as knowledge and skills for your specialism, you will need strong communication and influencing skills and a caring, resilient approach. It is important you have a can-do attitude and enjoy both working in, and leading, a team.


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, regardless of their background. We strive for a workforce that is representative of our society and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.

Find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

You will need to provide a CV and a number of short written statements in your application. You will be required to provide your CV in an anonymised format known as “name blind” which will help us recruit based on your knowledge and your skills rather than your background, gender or ethnicity. This is to ensure the process is fair.

Make sure your CV includes details of any relevant qualifications and experience.

You will need to answer questions which outline your past experience – tell us about any previous roles or, if a recent college leaver, your college experience.

The Making the Civil Service a Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.

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